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Breed of the Month ~ August 2016 ~
German Shepherd Dog [Langstokhr] Long Coat
 Congratulations to Jean (Te) Browne !!



Captain Emil Friedrich Max Von Stephanitz, a German cavalry officer, is credited with developing the German Shepherd breed in the 1890’s. Captain Stephanitz gained knowledge in the areas of anatomy, biology, and the science of movement during his station at the Veterinary College in Berlin. Knowledge which he later applied to the breeding of the German Shepherd.
He used long coat shepherds, white shepherds, and 4 wolves in his breeding program with the primary intent being the improvement of the local sheep herding dogs. Additionally, he wanted to expand the breeds capabilities to work as messengers, guard dogs, and to provide rescue and sentry work. He considered soundness, temperament, structure, and the breeds’ level of endurance more important than their appearance.

Before 1899 no breed standard existed as all earlier attempts to form a standard had failed. However, in April of 1899, Captain Stephanitz and colleague Arthur Meyer (along with additional co-founders) formed the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (Society for German Shepherd Dogs) and established the breed standard. The trial for the standard was Schutzhund; it tested and still tests a dog’s ability in the areas of tracking, obedience, and protection.

Today the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde maintains and monitors an international registry which tracks detailed pedigrees, breed standards, and serves to preserve and develop the best physical and temperamental attributes of the breed.

For a number of years long coats were considered a breed fault; however as of 2010 they have been accepted by the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde as their own classification of the German Shepherd breed. The only difference between the long coat German Shepherd and the stock coat, or “short coat”, is the length of the coat. Long coats are an integral part of the genetic makeup of all of the prevalent German Shepherd lines in existence today.


Appearance : Medium size, slightly longer than tall, strong and well muscled, dark almond shaped eyes, upright ears.
Males……...24 to 26 inches
Females …. 22 to 24 inches

Character: Self confident, courageous, good natured, attentive and willing to serve.




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